Sometimes a book comes along that just proves itself worthy. These are the types of books that earn a prominent placement on my bookshelf (or in my kitchen) because I use them time and time again. Most everything else I can get at the public library.
Of course, book selection is an entirely personal matter. If you enjoy a particular book a lot and use it regularly, then it represents good frugal living value to you, period. Prevention Magazine’s Nutrition Advisor is one book that I would miss owning. I enjoy it for a number of reasons:
1. It tells you what’s in your food. It gives a detailed breakdown of the nutritional values of over a thousand foods. It includes things like the strengths of the food, things that it is best eaten with to improve its nutritional value, cautions, curiosities, and a description that tells you about how to select for freshness. I find this section very valuable when, for example, I am trying to choose what the best type of cheese is to buy based on its nutritional values.
2. Symbols help pinpoint certain foods. Looking to lower your blood pressure, strengthen your bones, prevent cancer, improve your immune system, aid your digestive health, promote healthy blood, lose weight, and/or lower your cholesterol? No problem, each food listed may include a symbol or symbols that help you pinpoint foods that can help with each.
3. Nutritional Reference Tables. These tables will help you find a listing of the foods with the most, vitamin b12, omega-3s, riboflavin, vitamin c, etc. A quick and easy reference to find the top foods for various nutrients.
If you are interested in knowing more about the foods that you eat and in making sure that your body is getting the nutrients that your body needs, this book is simply invaluable. Being the frugal living person that I am, I paid $25.99CDN for the paperback about ten years ago. Now I see that you can get it new from $8.11 or used from $3.00 plus shipping charges. Here’s a link:
A quick note about paperback versus hardcover – I have used my paperback copy regularly for about ten years now and it’s still in good shape. Some paperback copies of books are really poor quality and they soon fall apart; this does not seem to be the case with this one. Nevertheless, a hardcover has a nice feel to it when you’re using it.
Please leave a comment if you have anything to say about this book or if you have any other frugal home library selections that you’d recommend.
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